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U.N. Economic And Social Council Meeting Focuses On MDGs, Empowering Women

“The world’s anti-poverty gains achieved over the past years are being eroded by the presence of multiple crises, including an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, increased food [in]security, oil prices volatility and climate change,” according to a report released Monday by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the opening of an annual high-level segment of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bermana reports.

WHO Issues Comprehensive Recommendations On Children’s Medicines

The WHO on Friday issued “its first-ever guidance on how to use more than 240 essential medicines for children under 13,” the Associated Press reports. “The data provide information on use, dosage and side effects of medicines as well as warnings about which children should not take them” and possible complications from interactions from drugs taken together, according to the WHO, the news service reports (6/19).

Health Leaders Formally Launch New Strategy For Polio Eradication

Health leaders from around the world gathered on Friday to formally launch a new strategy for eradicating polio, Newsweek’s “The Human Condition” blog reports in a post examining the challenges and successes health advocates face in attempting to wipe the virus out completely (Carmichael, 6/18).

GlobalPost Examines Efforts To Stop Violence Against Women Worldwide

“Thirty years after the first treaty on women’s rights was adopted by the United Nations, millions of cases involving beatings, marital rapes, honor killings and genital mutilation lead to deaths, medical injuries, failed pregnancies, abortions and psychological damage,” according to a GlobalPost article that reports on the rising number of individuals, communities and governments worldwide who are committing to end violence against women.

UNDP Releases 8-Pronged Strategy To Help Developing Countries Meet MDGs

The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).

WHO Says H1N1 Remains Pandemic

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on Thursday announced the WHO still considers H1N1 (swine) flu a pandemic, despite the fact “its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world,” Reuters reports (Lynn, 6/3).